House of Commons Hansard #170 of the 39th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was amendments.

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Public Accounts
Committees of the House
Routine Proceedings

3:20 p.m.

Some hon. members

Agreed.

Public Accounts
Committees of the House
Routine Proceedings

3:20 p.m.

Liberal

The Speaker Peter Milliken

Is it the pleasure of the House to adopt the motion?

Public Accounts
Committees of the House
Routine Proceedings

3:20 p.m.

Some hon. members

Agreed.

Public Accounts
Committees of the House
Routine Proceedings

3:20 p.m.

Liberal

The Speaker Peter Milliken

(Motion agreed to)

Visitor Visas
Petitions
Routine Proceedings

June 13th, 2007 / 3:20 p.m.

Liberal

Ruby Dhalla Brampton—Springdale, ON

Mr. Speaker, I have a petition to present on behalf of numerous constituents in my riding of Brampton—Springdale and Canadians who would like to draw the attention of the House to the to the fact that the Republic of Poland has successfully joined the European Union, that it is an active member of NATO and that it is promoting peace and security globally.

The petitioners, and the Canadian Polish Congress in particular, which represents over 800,000 Canadians of Polish heritage, are urging the Canadian government to ease visa requirements for people coming in from Poland. They feel that this will increase family visitation, tourism, cultural exchanges and trade missions between Canada and Poland.

Fisheries Act
Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:20 p.m.

Conservative

John Cummins Delta—Richmond East, BC

Mr. Speaker, I have the pleasure to present a petition today from residents of mostly Cranbrook and the Creston area of British Columbia, sports fishermen who are opposed to the new Fisheries Act. In their view the act was written by bureaucrats for bureaucrats and effectively removes any legal rights that they feel they have as fishermen. They are calling upon the government to scrap Bill C-45.

Status of Women
Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:20 p.m.

Bloc

Johanne Deschamps Laurentides—Labelle, QC

Mr. Speaker, as the Bloc Québécois critic for the status of women, I am pleased to present two petitions containing over 1,350 signatures of men and women in Quebec. The petitioners are calling on the Prime Minister to honour his commitment and immediately bring back the court challenges program and the original criteria for the women's program, and re-open the regional offices. I thus present these two petitions.

Child Care
Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:20 p.m.

NDP

Dawn Black New Westminster—Coquitlam, BC

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to present a petition signed by almost 100 people in my communities of Coquitlam, New Westminster and Port Moodie who say that high quality child care is of benefit to all children. They say that it enhances their health and school readiness and that it reduces family poverty and promotes social inclusion.

They also say that the $1,200 allowance that the government has brought forth is poorly designed because it discriminates against lone parents and two income families.

They call upon the Government of Canada to provide multi-year funding to ensure that publicly operated child care programs are sustainable. They want to see child care protected by enshrining it in legislation with a national child care act.

I am pleased to present these petitions from the people of my communities.

Summer Student Employment Program
Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:20 p.m.

Liberal

Mark Eyking Sydney—Victoria, NS

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to present a petition on behalf of the students, residents, volunteers and employers in my riding of Sydney—Victoria.

The petitioners state that they are opposed to the drastic funding cuts to the summer student employment program and they are calling upon the federal government to reinstate the funding to provide these much needed jobs in an already economically depressed area.

Fisheries Act
Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:20 p.m.

Conservative

Lee Richardson Calgary Centre, AB

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to rise today to present a petition on behalf of concerned fishermen who urge members of Parliament to act now to stop the passage of Bill C-45 and to allow further input from the fishing industry into the new Fisheries Act.

Citizenship and Immigration
Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:25 p.m.

Bloc

Meili Faille Vaudreuil-Soulanges, QC

Mr. Speaker, as Bloc Québécois critic for citizenship and immigration, I am pleased to present a petition on behalf of the Table de concertation des organismes au service des personnes réfugiées et immigrantes, the Canadian Council for Refugees and the Ligue des droits et libertés. The petition is entitled “Lives on Hold” and calls on the government to regularize the status of people from moratorium countries.

Citizenship and Immigration
Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:25 p.m.

Bloc

Meili Faille Vaudreuil-Soulanges, QC

Mr. Speaker, I would also like to present a petition signed by approximately 100 people, calling once again for the implementation of the Refugee Appeal Division.

Federal Minimum Wage
Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:25 p.m.

NDP

Peggy Nash Parkdale—High Park, ON

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour of presenting two petitions today.

The first is signed by 105 people and concerns the re-establishment of a federal minimum wage. The federal minimum wage was eliminated by the Liberal government in 1996. A $10 an hour minimum wage just approaches the poverty level for a single worker and would mean a great deal for so many low income workers across the country.

A federal minimum wage would of course establish a benchmark for working people in provincial jurisdictions as well, right across the country. That is what happened when it originally was introduced back in 1965. I am pleased to present this petition calling for the reinstatement of a federal minimum wage at $10 an hour, which is also asked for in my private member's bill.

Immigration
Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:25 p.m.

NDP

Peggy Nash Parkdale—High Park, ON

Mr. Speaker, the second petition is signed by 145 people from my community and is in support of my once in a lifetime bill on family reunification. It recognizes that the most successful newcomers are sponsored by family members so they can reintegrate easily into the community.

The current family class rules are very restrictive and mean that too many family members are not eligible, so the petitioners are calling on Parliament to ensure that Canadian citizens and landed immigrants have a once in a lifetime opportunity to sponsor a family member outside the current family class, as currently defined in the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, and to pass my Bill C-394.

Income Trusts
Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:25 p.m.

Liberal

Roy Cullen Etobicoke North, ON

Mr. Speaker, on behalf of Jeremy Knox of Burlington, Ontario, I am pleased to present a petition that addresses the income trust broken promise. Mr. Knox remembers the Prime Minister boasting about his apparent commitment to accountability when he said, “There is no greater fraud than a promise not kept”.

The petitioners remind the Prime Minister that he promised never to tax income trusts, but he recklessly broke that promise by imposing a 31.5% punitive tax that permanently wiped out over $25 billion of the hard-earned retirement savings of over two million Canadians, particularly seniors.

The petitioners therefore call upon the Conservative minority government to: first, admit that the decision to tax income trusts was based on flawed methodology and incorrect assumptions; second, apologize to those who were unfairly harmed by this broken promise; and finally, repeal the punitive 31.5% tax on income trusts.